The Jets have needs and they have the financial resources to fill a number of holes. Throughout the offseason, general manager John Idzik has used the phrases “flexibility going into free agency” and “some maneuverability going into 2014.”
Do not expect Idzik to overpay for some of the players who will be most sought after by clubs when their contracts expire. When Idzik was introduced as the Jets GM on January 24, 2013, he clearly laid out his philosophy on player acquisition.
“We’ll explore every measure to bring in talent and continue to compete. The draft will be very important to us. That will be a lifeline for us, year-in and year-out,” he said. “We will use free agency. Again we will be very thoughtful, do our research and be judicious in free agency. We will use trades.”
Judicious means sensible, prudent and wise. Free agency requires patience and there is great value in that secondary market. You don’t win championships in the spring and we are reminded of that annually.
The Seahawks just captured the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium and Idzik is a believer in the blueprint. Working as the ‘Hawks VP of football administration for six seasons, a winner was built through the draft. The Jets could have as many as 12 picks in the 2014 draft including four in the top 80.
In Favorable Cap Position
According to OverTheCap.com, the Jets have $23,328,558 of cap room with the NFL League Year set to begin on Tuesday, March 11 at 4:00 PM. Many pundits have speculated about the futures of a trio of Jets with lucrative contracts. If the Green & White released Antonio Cromartie,
Acquired for a fifth-round pick from the Steelers (No. 155 Overall) four years ago, Holmes made an immediate impact for the Jets after serving a four-game suspension to start the 2010 season. Appearing in 15 contests (12 regular season & 3 postseason), Holmes caught 61 balls for 873 yards with 8 TDs. He followed that campaign up with 8 TDs in 2011, but he finished the season on the bench in a season-ending loss to the Dolphins in Miami.
Then after a hot start the following fall, Holmes suffered a devastating Lisfranc injury during a Week 4 loss to the 49ers. Following an offseason full of grueling rehab, Holmes was limited to 23 catches in 11 games of action in 2012.
“He’s helped the Jets, he’s been productive,” NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport told me. “I think at the time it, (the trade) was a good move. From what I understand, they haven’t even offered him a pay-cut. It’s mostly been kind of radio silence and non-committal.”
While Holmes has kept out of the public eye, Cromartie made a number of public appearances this offseason. On multiple occasions, Cro addressed an uncertain future while remaining hopeful that he stays with the Green & White.
“His career has been reborn with the Jets and I don’t think he has lost sight of that,” Rapoport said of the three-time Pro Bowler who has 28 career INTs. “If that’s a situation where they could come to him with some sort of a reasonable offer, yeah I definitely think he would be back and he really should be back. You just hope that he gets to the level of play of two years ago — not just last year.”